The well known drama, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, delivers an outstanding depiction of the Salem Witch Trials. With many characters deemed as selfish and or sacrificial, it gives the reader the opportunity to decide whether the character was only worried about himself or that they would risk everything for the betterment of the people around them. John Proctor can be seen as both selfish and sacrificial, but he is seen as sacrificial in my eyes. This man is willing and eventually does die to show that you should not believe everything you hear without valid
The world-renowned writer of the novel The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins, once said, “For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.” This quote will be detrimental to the analysis of the short story Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe. The author explores a theme of betrayal and murder by using the literary devices of dramatic irony, symbolism, foreshadowing. The emotional buildup of the character, that is also the murderer, creates suspense in the perception of the reader.
In this unusual short story of persistent revenge and terror, the reader is in suspense from the beginning because Fortunato has allegedly committed against Montresor and of the redress that he has outlined. Poe starts by telling you the characters plans. Part of Montresor’s plan was to lure Fortunato to the location by offering him irresistible wine. Montresor knew that “in the matter of old wines he was sincere” (3).
A disgraced Journalist (Mikael Blomkvist) of millennium magazine accepts to investigate on a case requested by an industrialist (Frode) to find his niece who went missing 40years ago, in return to receive the reward of his name being cleared. Salander is brought into this case by Frode to investigate this mysterious disappearance, which eventually reveals secrets of rape, murder and abuse in the family. Eventually, Harriet is found and it is learnt that she changed her identity and fled in order to escape her sexually abusive father and brother. This
Poe’s Use of Unreliable Narrator in “The Cask of Amontillado” The unreliable narrator in the short story “ The Cask of Amontillado” draws the reader's attention. Edgar Allan Poe uses an unreliable narrator in “The Cask Amontillado” and his theme is revenge. Poe’s use of an unreliable narrator in his short story successfully creates a nervous effect for his readers. Poe uses an unreliable narrator by how he is very sneaky with his ways and how he wants to get back at someone for insulting him he is probably going to kill them.
He shows us that Othello is far too naive and trusts what he is told. Othello also makes mistakes when he is confronted with moments of extreme distress and in this situation he has chosen both murder and suicide. Shakespeare also uses his monologue to develop and strengthen the idea that language can kill just as Iago has used it to kill Desdemona.
Author T.F Hodge once said, “Manipulation, fueled with good intent, can be a blessing. But when used wickedly, it is the beginning of a magician’s karmic calamity” (goodreads.com). Through this quote, Hodge claims that controlling a situation, with the purest intentions (for another), leads to positive outcomes overall however; when conducted for personal gain, the results are disastrous. In other words, the purpose of a person’s manipulation depends on the self-confliction between good and evil, affecting everyone in the end. William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, is the epitome of this phenomenon because there is an imperative battle between selfishness and selflessness, creating a pivotal point for characters.
Hamlet is a revenge tragedy in which William Shakespeare plays greatly with the intellect of his characters. The structure of it is built upon Hamlet´s pretense of madness, so as to avenge his father´s murder, but the repercussions of such a farce lead our characters on a path of death. Hamlet`s “course of thought” (3.3.83) concerning his “antic disposition” (1.5.178) is understood as the work of a genius on the grounds that the main character redefines what is genuine and what is deceitful. Thus, the decay of our lead character is for grounded by his own actions, and his failure to recognize that the human intellect cannot be controlled or maneuvered with utmost perfection comes at too high a price, the result of which develops into a tragedy. What is clear is that the play’s construction unfolds around Hamlet’s decision to vindicate his father’s killing.
This becomes ultimately true as he loses his fight with Macduff. The prophecy yet tricks Macbeth as in the beginning it seems all fair and square to him yet it is deceiving. This is ironic in the sense that Macbeth was a deceitful to King Duncan before he murdered him. The same sort of influence came around to him which caused him his life at the end. Shakespeare focuses the three witches to make the reader get greater sense of deception which is the main theme of this
Lindheim’s Rethinking Sexuality and Class in Twelfth Night, notes that “critics of course usually recognize that marriage is the desired closure for comedy”, (Lindheim, 680). Many characters achieve this “desired closure for comedy”; Olivia marries Sebastian, Viola marries Orsino, and so on, yet Malvolio’s story ends in cruel suffering. It can be argued that his character falls into this tragic situation because of his vices and wickedness, but from this comes the question of who deserves what: Does being a part of a lower class with a pessimistic personality warrant torture? Malvolio may be
Margo Burns, the author of “Arthur Miller's The Crucible: Fact & Fiction” clears up misconseptions and answers the questions many reader ask. As one reads, Burns explains what really might have happened and how events in the play “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller have been changed to benifit the readers appeal. Miller creates many claims, however most of them do not belong to her. She talks about other writters and their points more often than her own views and opinions. Yet, she has been studying the Witch Trials when she states “I've been working with the materials of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 for so long as an academic historian” (Burns 1).